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#1 funnytim

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 08:19 PM

Hi,

I'm trying to install some new ram on my older system. I got a 256mb RAM from my uncle's old computer. I checked, and saw that it should be compatible with my motherboard, as my current + new one r both pin 168, and use pc133 memory. So, i plugged it in along with the current 256mb ram. i made sure they were securely in place( so 256mb+256mb = 512mb)

Problem is, now when i start up, nothing happens! The power comes on, fan runs, the DVD light flashes, but the floppy does not (so i'm thinking it's not doing POST?). The mouse is on, but no effect. Also there's no video at all (monitor is working). Can't seem to hear the HD ticking either.

I've tried taking out the 'new' ram, leaving the original ram in, & resetting the CMOS by the jumpers as per MB's instructions, but still nothing.

A friend said i might have fried my motherboard. I hope i didn't.....but....

I've added ram (128mb) to this comp b4 w/out any trouble.

Also the MB's manual said it cud support up to 1GB ram. this is only 512mb total..

the processor is AMD Athlon XP 1600+
the motherboard's a "Elitegroup Mainboard" if tat helps any



any help appreciated, thxs a lot

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 09:39 PM

Try the ram in every possible combination, with different slots and sticks. Only use 1 stick at a time. If you can maybe get a hold of some other ram (pc133 of course) try that by itself in both slots. If this still doesn't work your motherboard ram slots are probably fried and you'll need to replace the motherboard. The computer turning on, but no monitor signal is a sign of a ram problem. If its turning on your processor should be working fine.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 01:29 AM

Hm.....u guys prolly won't believe it, but it was a old dial-up modem in my PC that was causing the problem! I took it out, and so far, it's working fine.

tat shows tat one malfunctioning device cud cause the whole system to not boot.

thxs a lot 4 ur help though.

Edited by funnytim, 29 August 2007 - 05:52 PM.


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Posted 29 August 2007 - 05:14 AM

Stranger things have happend. Glad you got it working. :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:29 PM

Hm....well now the computer seems to be 'locking up' (freezing) every now and then...

I've reverted to my previous state by taking out the one (ram) i've added...and put in the one that was in it before..but the computer still freezes up.

Also, sometimes when it freezes up, I hear a continous beep from my motherboard..which doesnt go off until i make a hard reboot.

and sometimes, when booting up, i get the error message: "Cannot save CMOS error. Reverting to defaults" (might not be exactly like that). Then, the computer time is wayy off.


any help appreciated, thxs!

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 05:03 AM

Check your Cmos battery located on the motheboard. Its a little silver watch battery, it may have died on you.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 06:03 AM

after you get a new cmos battery installed

make sure the bios is set to auto for the cas memory setting or cas 3, at least till you get the problem sorted

some sticks of ram just aren't compatible with each other

several programs will tell you the cas(wait state) for a stick of ram and at what speeds, this is an important factor
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 04:48 PM

so ur saying...it cud be the CMOS battery that's causing the comp 2 lock up all the time??

also, it used to say my comp runs @ 1.39GHz....but now it only says 1.05GHz..tat was after i installed the extra ram. i've changed it bk to the one i was using b4..but didnt help.

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 03:13 PM

...anyone??

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 05:25 PM

If your bios is not saving information your CPU speed may be set incorrectly in the BIO's have you check your battery?

Edit: The speed its running at now may be the BIO's default speed

Edited by Sneakycyber, 16 September 2007 - 05:26 PM.

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 09:44 PM

so...wat shud i do now? change the batt. and see?

i dont relli get it tho....the batt. cud cause the motherboard to lock up?

Edited by funnytim, 16 September 2007 - 09:45 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2007 - 12:38 AM

The battery is at least part of your problem, yes...change it. After that let us know how it's going.

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 07:47 PM

Sounds like you really just need a new computer...

Go for the battery, as they said...

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 11:12 PM

hey this is my old computer tat's not working...its sort of a "family computer"


anywayz, i'll try changing the batt. and let u guys noe.

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 06:27 AM

12/13 days later and you still haven't changed that battery, I keep a few spares for testing, they are so cheap
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